Boone County’s Bret and Liz Pierce have merged their passion for crops and cattle and together work to improve soil health while protecting water quality.
The soil health movement spurred Floyd County farmer Wayne Koehler’s interest to add 4R Plus practices. He has diversified his crop rotation and minimized expenses.
Linn County farmer Jason Russell’s eagerness to learn led to improvements in how he manages manure from his hog operation as a crop input.
Farmers across Iowa see the Plus Side of weatherproofing farms, protecting their valuable soil, improving water quality and preserving productivity for future generations.
A multitude of factors influence success in building healthy soil and economic gains. Dustin Brucker of the Soil Health Partnership shares findings from a collaborative project.
Ross Evelsizer, natural resources project director with Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development, conducted multi-cropping field trials to determine their impact on profits and farm sustainability.
Southeast Iowa farmer Sheila Fisher took advantage of an opportunity to return to the farm and put improving soil quality and health into action through various experiments.
Northeast Iowa farmer Jack Boyer has a long history of measuring the impact 4R Plus practices have on soil health and crop productivity. Photo courtesy of Practical Farmers of Iowa.